PBS science strand ‘NOVA’ and All3Media-owned prodco Lion Television have secured an output deal that will see the specialist factual producer develop and produce a raft of archaeology-based documentaries for the strand.
Under the deal, Lion will initially develop three films with additional projects in the development pipeline. All3Media International will distribute the films.
Included among the projects are Building Secrets of the Forbidden City, about the restoration of Beijing’s Imperial Palace made in partnership with China’s CICC; and Secrets of the Chinese Chariots, which replicates and battle tests some of the oldest chariots found in China.
Lion Television has produced a variety of programs for the PBS strand, including Emperor’s Ghost Army, and Arctic Ghost Ship, with Channel 4 and ARTE as copro partners. Lion’s most recent credits include BBC1′s Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed, BBC2′s Chinese New Year, and BBC4′s Nature’s Wonderlands: Islands of Evolution; as well as Channel 4′s The Great Wall Of China: The Hidden Story and China: Treasures Of the Jade Empire.
“These programs are sure to inform and excite our viewers and online visitors with scientists’ new understanding of our ancient past,” said Paula Apsell, senior executive producer at ‘NOVA’ and director of the WGBH Science Unit, in a statement. “We look forward to working together on these and many more excellent programs.”